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This research internship at the Translational Gastroenterology Unit has definitely served us as a valuable experience in our medical

This research internship at the Translational Gastroenterology Unit has definitely served us as a valuable experience in our medical training bases back in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During our research visit, we chiefly investigated the effect of bariatric surgery on the gut microflora – where we followed the participating patients through pre-op, operation, to post-op. Our supervisors and mentors Dr. Arancibia and Dr. Geremia are very keen in educating young scientists. They offered every opportunity possible to engage us in various projects including writing research proposal, laboratory techniques, liaison and coordination as well as journal paper presentation. While hard knowledge such as laboratory technique may be gained from any labs, what made this exposure exceptional was the soft skills and people we engaged with. Our team is composed of enthusiastic researchers from diverse backgrounds and specialists from different parts of the world. We felt warmly welcomed and were frequently invited to give input and exchange of knowledge and ideas. The diversity in our lab as well encouraged intriguing cultural dialogue. Every bit of experience at TGU has better prepared and inspired us to be a professional and compassionate clinician scientist in the future and we sincerely thank Dr Arancibia and Dr Geremia for the warm hospitality!  (Picture below)